Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 October 2014 Events Newsletter 

Stump 'n Stew for Candidates for Rowan County Commissioner

Thursday, October 23 from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Sponsored by the Rowan County Council on Aging, older adult voters residing within Rowan County are invited to enjoy a beef & vegetable stew lunch courtesy of Oak Park Retirement Center and talk one-to-one with the candidates running for Rowan County Commissioner. Float-in and float-out at your convenience. There is no cost to participate.    

Medicare Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, October 29 at 10:00am. Join State Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and representatives of the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) to learn about the Medicare Part D Election Period and the Extra Help program to help pay for prescription drugs. Information will also be presented regarding the importance of Medicare beneficiaries reviewing and comparing Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during the Annual Election Period, Oct.15 - Dec. 7. After the presentation, staff and trained volunteers will be available to assist individuals with choosing 2015 prescription drug options. Registration is requested by calling either the Department of Insurance at 1-855-408-1212 or Rufty-Holmes Senior Center's SHIIP Office at 704-216-7703.

Discover America Luncheon

Monday, October 13 at noon. In observance of Columbus Day, and in celebration of our geographic diversity, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center will host a luncheon for its members who have moved here from out-of-state. We'll learn about some of the special places in America and a little about Christopher Columbus. Free and open to those "immigrant" members who pre-register by calling the Center at 704-216-7714 by Thursday, October 9. Lunch provided courtesy of Magnolia Gardens of Salisbury.

Bus Trip To Greensboro Barn Dinner Theater

Tuesday, October 21. Motor coach leaves the Senior Center at 11:45 for a short bus trip to see the new show "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" at the Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro, NC. It is a moving tribute to a dazzling star that went from small-town Virginia to the bright lights of Carnegie Hall. Her legend is a monument to ambition, grace, and talent. The show will feature classics like: "Walkin' after Midnight," "Sweet Dreams," and "Crazy." Come enjoy the magic of an unforgettable woman and an unforgettable voice. The buffet dinner is also quite delicious. We'll be back at the Senior Center between 5:30 and 6 p.m.


The cost is $60 per person which includes motor coach transportation, dinner, show and all tips. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 1 at 3 p.m. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00 p.m. for those who arrive early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of Salisbury.


Notes: For this trip, we will need to park across the street from the Senior Center, next to the playground, where the bus will pick us up - because of other events going on at the center. Also, this show promises to be very popular, so don't wait to sign up. 

Pre-Retirement Seminar - "Medicare 101":

Monday, October 13 at 7:00pm. The third in our series of fall seminars for those considering retirement in the near future. "Medicare 101" will be presented by Jeannie Schepsi of the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program of the NC Department of Insurance. The Pre-Retirement Seminar Series is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce for any interested adult. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.

"We Need to Talk" Seminar

Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00pm. Sponsored by AARP, this ninety-minute session helps family members and friends develop a plan for talking with a loved one about driving issues. Learn how to objectively observe the driver, recognize patterns of difficulties, understand the importance of driving to the individual, and have successful conversations with the driver. The class was developed by The Hartford Financial Services Group and MIT's AgeLab, and is presented by the Salisbury-Rowan AARP Chapter. Attendance is free, but reservations are required. Call 704-216-7714 to register.

New Classes 

AARP Driver Safety Class: Wednesday October 8, beginning at 12:30pm. Sponsored by AARP for older drivers interested in a four-hour training class in refining existing driving skills and developing defensive driving techniques. Insurance discounts are available for those completing the course. Cost is $15 per person for AARP members ($20 for non-members) payable upon arrival for class. Space is limited, so you must pre-register by calling 704-216-7714.


Cooking Class - Healthy Treats for "Trick or Treat": Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 pm. Learn to make healthy Halloween treats with Certified Nutritionist Wendy NaPant. Wendy is a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy foods to encourage healthier food choices. Manage your time & stress level. Learn to cook using simple tasty dishes. The cost of the cooking class, including the healthy meal, is $12.00, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Call   704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.

Floral Arranging Class: Begins Tuesday, October 28. Fulfill your creative side with the popular art of floral design. You will learn and practice basic flower arranging skills and prepare your own silk flower arrangements - a great skill for beautifying your own home and helping friends and family with events - or you may even gain inspiration for a new career. Topics include choosing the right colors and using floral foam, tape, wire and more. Bring some ideas and supplies (even old, artificial flower arrangements to refresh and finish) to work under the guidance of our skilled instructor. Class meets each Tuesday evening 5:15pm-7:15pm October 28-November 25 (with no class on 11/11). Sponsored by RCCC, the $55 registration fee does not include supplies. Supplies will be discussed on the first night of class and are not expected to exceed $30. To register call704-216-7222(select option 5 & then option 2)or register online using WebAdvisor(Click "Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes").


Handmade Cards -Tuesday, October 7 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.

Managing Your Personal Finances Class: Four-week class begins Thursday, October 9 at 3:00pm. Join retired Catawba College Business Professor Al Carter to review budgeting, credit and insurance issues, and ways to better manage your money in this free class meeting October 9 - 30. Guest presenters will include Food Lion founder Ralph Ketner and retired banking executive Ken Ingram. Pre-register by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.


Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.

"String of Pearls" Memoir Writing Class - Begins Thursday, October 9 at 9:30am. This class will meet for two hours once a month for seven consecutive months. Have you thought about leaving a family legacy by writing your memories? If so, retirement is the best of times to harvest and write about great moments of fun, frolic, laughter, and suspense from your wonderful past. Your history is important to your loved ones, for it imparts of how you got here from there. This group's purpose is to "Gather" as a team, "Grow" in ability to write, and "Go" to class prepared with a story, and "Gain" success in writing skills. Cost is only $12 for the entire session payable in cash at the first session. Bring a pencil and paper. Instructor Gene Hayden is a dedicated instructor with previous memoir writing experience. He is also a business columnist. For questions about the class, email . Register by Monday, October 6 by calling 704-216-7714.


Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor.   Pre-registration is not required.

New Computer Classes

Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four people is necessary to hold a computer class.


Social Networking: Thursday-Friday, October 9-10 from 2:00-4:00pm 

Learn how to keep in touch with friends on your computer through Facebook or Twitter. Follow hobbies on Pinterest or keep up with co-workers on LinkedIn. We will look at popular social networking sites and get you started in your areas of interest. The fee is $10


Get to Know Your Computer: Thursday-Friday, Oct 16-17 from 9:00 am-12:00pm

This class is meant for those wanting to get started on computers. We will learn basics of computer use as well as some simple exploration of the internet. Meant for the "true newbie." The fee is $20.


Tablet Classes : Thursday, October 30 for Android-style Tablets (Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, etc.) and Friday, October 31 for iPads. Each class will meet from 1:00-4:00 pm and costs $10.If you have a tablet, then this is for you. Come learn, through lots of sharing and laughter, how to use your tablet. (Bring your own tablet.)


Movie of the Month

Wednesday, October 22 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy "Last Vegas," with Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline, rated PG-13, on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).

Women's Health & Fitness Club Meeting

Wednesday, October 1 at 2:00pm. This month's program is "Hearing Happiness," a special PowerPoint presentation and game with prizes. Please join Lorin Oden and Beth Arey from Hearing Solutions for a fun way to learn about hearing loss and hearing needs. Each meeting features a guest speaker or fun activity related to women's health or fitness. The program is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and Novant Health, and is open to interested women age fifty-five or older.

Men's Health & Fitness Club Meeting

Wednesday, October 8 at 2:00pm.   The Men's Health and Fitness Club will be meeting to learn about the benefits of water exercise. Lynda Teter, Aquatic Trainer will share educational information about water exercise and the tools used in water aerobic classes. Men's Health and Fitness Club is open to all men 55 and older. This program is co-sponsored by Novant Health and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. 

Outdoor Adventure Club - Salem Lake Hike or Canoe

Friday, October 17. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30 am and car pool to Salem Lake. Participants will have the option of canoeing, hiking, or both from 9:30 until noon. At noon, the group will meet together for a picnic lunch. Bring water, a bag lunch, and $3 to pay the car pool driver. For those who plan on canoeing, bring an additional $4 for each hour you plan to canoe. After lunch, a short club meeting will be held, and club officers will be elected.   Directions to Salem Lake are available at the Center if needed.   Dress appropriately for the weather.     Participation is at your own risk.     New participants will need to sign a waiver form. To register for this activity call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed.

On-Going Exercise Program Opportunitiese Class Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Zumba, Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, October 1 from 9:30-10:30am.  Free  blood  pressure    readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings

 TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am

 Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Overeaters Anonymous - Each Thursday at 6:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, October 2 at 10:00am

AARP Chapter - Thursday, October 2 at 1:00pm

Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, October 3 at 10:30am

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, October 6 at 8:30am

Ambassadors Club - Monday, October 6 at noon

Walk-Abouts - Wednesday, October 8 at 9:00am at the Farm House Restaurant

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, October 8 at 1:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, October 9 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, October 9 at 6:30pm

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, October 13 at 2:00pm

Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday, October 16 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, October 16 at 7:00pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, October 20 at 10:00am

Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, October 21 at noon

Ole Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, October 27 at 6:30pm

Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Monthly Grief Support Group

Wednesday, October 1  at 9:00am. Grief support group sessions provide opportunities for people who have experienced the death of a loved one to meet others who are experiencing similar losses. Members come together to normalize and validate their experiences of grief, to find strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE.   Pre-registration is not required.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

Veterans' Services

The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8138.

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will be available on the third Wednesday of each month  from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment. 

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

This 'n That

Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 

SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on Friday, October 3 from 8:30am-11:30am.

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons.

IT'S PICNIC TIME: The Helen Rothrock Rufty Picnic Shelter Complex is available for reservation and use by senior groups free of charge. Contact the Senior Center office at 704-216-7714 for information.


BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.


"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.



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